United States of Aquatic Sports (USAS), the federation that represents USA Swimming, USA Diving, USA Synchro, USA Water Polo and U.S. Masters Swimming at the world level, has publicly endorsed two prominent figures for re-election with World Aquatics.
After conducting its quarterly Board of Directors meeting this past Saturday, USAS issued a press release Monday endorsing World Aquatics President Husain Al-Musallam and Treasurer Dale Neuburger for re-election.
Al-Musallam, a native of Kuwait, came into power as World Aquatics (then FINA) President in June 2021, a controversial appointment for multiple reasons, including his involvement in a FIFA bribery scandal that was investigated by the FBI. The IOC also previously banned the Kuwait Olympic Committee for government interference while he was in power, and in 2017, Al-Musallam was recorded demanding a commission of a FINA sponsorship.
“USAS enthusiastically supports President Al-Musallam’s efforts to promote gender equity, provide athlete leadership opportunities, and expand development initiatives, and supports his bid for re-election,” the organization said in a press release.
Neuburger took over as World Aquatics Treasurer in April 2021 following the resignation of Pipat Paniangvait, and ran unopposed before ultimately being elected to hold the position in June.
“USAS recognizes that (Neuburger) has been a key contributor to enhanced marketing efforts, sound investment strategies, and improved communications during his first term. The Board of Directors voted without opposition to put forward and support Mr. Neuburger’s nomination for re-election as the AQUA Treasurer.”
Neuburger has also been involved with controversy over the years, including former European Aquatics President Paolo Barelli having accused both he and Al-Musallam of ethics violations in 2017.
Barelli claimed they had helped his opponent, Julio Maglione, in his campaign for the presidency of European Aquatics. Barelli pointed to Neuburger’s work with consulting firm TSE, which ran the campaign of Barelli’s opponent. A FINA Ethics Panel ultimately ruled that there were no conflicts of interest present in that situation, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Barelli’s appeal.
Al-Musallam and Neuberger will be up for re-election at the next World Aquatics Congress, which will take place during the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan on July 25.
The people at the top of WA are a constant disgrace
They would prefer that we all use the abbreviation “AQUA”.
Glad they have their priorities in order. #savagebradenburn
What does this stand for?
Aquatics Quackery Useless Assembly
Aquatics Quackery Useless Assembly
The problem is WA clashes with World Athletics but “AQUA” isn’t a good substitute.
The only thing that is similar between World Aquatics and World Athletics is a similar level of corruption at the top table
Disappointing to see USA supporting Captain Corruption 👨✈️
Two of the most self-centred and dishonorable men in aquatics sports. Time to move on from old codgers who are implicated in dirty politics
Snouts in the troth
I understand that Husain Al Musallam has supported the Arab and Iranian boycott of Israel by athletes and sporting teams. This is contrary to the Olympic Charter and FINA charter. Braden/ James…any chance you could shed light on this? If he even tacitly supports a boycott of a fellow Olympic Charter and FINA member then we have a big problem.
He’s certainly ensuring that he maintains a good relationship with China and Russia despite their obvious cheating in aquatics sports. Must be the money
Dumb and dumber? Oh no, Corrupt and corrupter…